Even when not being pressured by others, profoundly gifted children tend to easily fall into the trap of holding themselves to exceptionally high standards. Perfectionism is a combination of the desire to be perfect, the fear of not being perfect, and the sense that personal acceptance hinges on being perfect.
Perfectionism presents itself differently in each student. Behaviors may include excessive sensitivities, compulsive attention to detail, and procrastination. Students who deal with perfectionism may think things like “I’m never good enough” or “If I make a mistake, there’s something wrong with me” and as a result may feel anger, anxiety or a sense of being overwhelmed. If this reminds you of a student you work with, the following articles and resources may be helpful.
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